2008 Dome, Le Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
An opaque purple color is followed by notes of graphite mulberries blueberries and flowers. The 2008 is broad savory and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins decent acidity a textured complex mouthfeel and no hard... An opaque purple color is followed by notes of graphite mulberries blueberries and flowers. The 2008 is broad savory and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins decent acidity a textured complex mouthfeel and no hard edges. It too should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Smooth, perfumed and elegant, this Cabernet Franc-dominated wine has rounded tannins, layered acidity and a dark power of ripe tannins. It is both concentrated and fresh, a great combination.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
Full medium ruby. Lovely cabernet franc perfume to the aromas of dark raspberry graphite flowers and licorice. Chewy layered and sweet but tightly wound with strong minerality and vibrant florality enlivening the middle... Full medium ruby. Lovely cabernet franc perfume to the aromas of dark raspberry graphite flowers and licorice. Chewy layered and sweet but tightly wound with strong minerality and vibrant florality enlivening the middle palate. This really spreads out to dust the palate with flavor. Ultimately quite minerally and classically dry in spite of its full ripeness and very long on the aftertaste. Leaves the taste buds vibrating. This singular wine is normally about 80% cabernet franc.
JJB 93
Roland Hankerson - JJ Buckley, July 2015
Dark core with a ruby rim. This is very vibrant nose, with a fresh note of violets that lingers above the smoky and brooding cassis and blackberry elements along with an attractive streak of minerality. Medium to full... Dark core with a ruby rim. This is very vibrant nose, with a fresh note of violets that lingers above the smoky and brooding cassis and blackberry elements along with an attractive streak of minerality. Medium to full bodied on the smooth palate, the bottle age has allowed everything to come together and integrate nicely. Pure dark fruit flavors are complemented by a touch of spice and minerality, with nice lift and focus provided by the balanced acidity and sweet, round tannins. The 2008 Le Dome is proof positive that the Right Bank excelled in this vintage. Quite classic in profile, this is finally starting to unwind. Enjoy now with some air or allow it to evolve in the cellar over the next 10-15 years.
JJB 93
Jeff Loo - JJ Buckley, January 2017
Dark red at the core with slight fading to ruby at rim. The 2008 Le Dome has really come into form nearly a decade after the vintage. Despite the bottle age, this is still quite robust with rich fruit, layers of spice... Dark red at the core with slight fading to ruby at rim. The 2008 Le Dome has really come into form nearly a decade after the vintage. Despite the bottle age, this is still quite robust with rich fruit, layers of spice and truffle, along with soft earth tones. The palate is medium to full bodied and showcases red and black fruits that are enhanced by elements of cigar box notes and spice. The mid-palate picks up mouthwatering acidity and grip that provide a seamless path from start to finish. This is drinking well now and will continue to do so for the next 10-15 years.

Le Dome is the jewel in the portfolio of Jonathan Maltus, a British merchant often credited with starting the garagiste movement in St. Emilion. Le Dome was the first produced in 1996 and is based on vines planted in 1956 and 1970 on sandy soils supported by iron-rich subsoils. Unusual for St. Emilion, the seven acre vineyard, which is adjacent to Chateau Angelus, is planted to 80% cabernet franc and 20% merlot. The assemblage of the 2008 is 75% cab franc and was aged in 80% new oak. About 750 cases were produced.

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2008

Label

The Le Dome Grand Cru is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Vines for this release are cropped low – around 30 hectoliters per hectare – four bunches to the vine (less than half the volume authorized by the Appellation), thus ensuring its incredible concentration.

The fruit is hand-harvested then sorted, first by bunch then grape-by-grape. Fermentation takes place in wooden vats after extremely cold maceration. Malolactic fermentation and aging takes place in new French oak barrels.

Le Dome has the highest Cabernet Franc percentage of any wine in Bordeaux and is said to be the biggest expression of that grape in the region. The wine is full-bodied but has elegance and finesse. The optimal drinking window is very broad, from just a few years to more than 25 years after the vintage.

Winery

Dome, Le

Founded in 1996, Le Dome is allegedly the biggest expression of Cabernet Franc of any Bordeaux wine – surpassing Chateau Cheval Blanc and Le Dome’s neighbor, Chateau Angelus. Its origins have their roots in the ‘garage’ movement of the 1990’s. Jonathan Maltus of Chateau Teyssier, the estate’s creator, was at the epicenter of this movement, with his sought-after wine Le Dome being one of the top three cult wines from the region.

The vines, planted from 1960 to 1970, are on 3.20 hectares of sandy soils above a layer of light clay with a Crasse de Fer (iron deposits). The iron deposits, coupled with the south facing slope, ensure amazing drainage, keeping the vines seeking moisture.

Maltus produces eight Saint-Emilion wines, ranging from the estate wines Chateau Teyssier and Chateau Laforge, as well as limited-release single vineyard wines Le Dome, Le Carre, Les Asteries, and Vieux Chateau Mazerat. Maltus has also ventured into Napa Valley, with single-vineyard wines produced under the World's End label.